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EMP Museum
325 5th Ave North
Seattle
WA
98109
Tel: 206-770-2700

Where are we going today?

Fancy spending the day exploring really cool exhibits that cover all sorts of pop culture topics? You know that has to be great for the whole family! At the EMP Museum, there are a host of experiences that can be had, no matter what ages.

A museum with a Jimi Hendrix exhibit? Why not! Parents, you can re-live some memories of your time in the swinging sixties, and tell the kids some (not all!) of your stories from yesteryear - and introduce them to the music of this musical legend.

A museum with a Star Wars exhibit? Yes please! Here you can explore the creativity that goes into the costumes that you see up on the big screen. Kids can be introduced to the original films, and parents can get excited about the continuation!

If you LOVE science fiction (and if you are in the EMP Museum we hope you do!) then you can take the family on an intergalactic journey through some pretty iconic sci-fi artifacts - from Star Trek, Fifth Element, Dune, and even Terminator 2

If you're a movie lover, you will love this museum!

Love a bit of myth and magic in your day? Then the exhibit which can take you through the costumes and fashion of Game of Thrones, Princess Bride, Harry Potter and even The Dark Crystal are all on display. It's a cool way to really feel a bit closer to your favorite films, and introduce kids to a whole new generation of movies! 

The EMP Museum are not just exhibits - they have programs and education to fill up your family day out! From pop conferences, to summer camps - make sure you check what's on so you don't miss out!

Ready to get your pop culture on? The EMP Museum in Seattle is waiting!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$23 weekday. $24 weekend.
  • Children$14 weekday. $15 weekend. (ages 5 to 17)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Winter 10am - 5pm. Summer 10am - 7pm

All year round. Hours might differ on holidays

Teachers corner

They offer group discounts so why wouldn't you bring the students along! It's a great trip through history.

I'm Hungry!

The POP Kitchen and Bar is a great place to grab snacks or lunch, from pizza, burgers to sandwiches.

Healthy Eating!

The POP kitchen offers healthy salads and sandwiches too, and bottled water.

Any Top Tips?

If you do plan to visit the museum a lot, check out them memberships as you get FREE entry for a year! .

Doing our bit

They are a non profit museum which want to educate all on the pop culture history we have been so blessed to have! .

Need a little extra help?

If you do have special needs, call before hand to see the accessibility they can offer.

Can I get one of those?

There is a fun shop FILLED with fun items - from DVDs, CDs, toys and games!.

What people are saying?

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    We spent the entire day there. Tons to see and very interactive. Our son had a blast. Music centers have him a great experience playing drums, keyboards and guitars. Makes learning fun. Highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in music.

    They also had a cool exhibit about horror movies and the history of them. Cool props from them as well as a great sci-fi exhibit. Kids were having a blast in there.

    It's a lot more than a cool looking building.

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    This is a very peculiar place. First of all looks like a museum for a certain profile of people that matched perfectly with me. SciFi, Terror, Fantasy, guitar player and music lover. The music section of the museum is specially focused on the Seattle history and the rise of grunge and contra culture movement.

    Is specially good the third floor where you can play different instruments.

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    I happened to glance into a Seattle Weekly during a recent trip and saw that this place was having a "Myth & Magic Faire," which to me translated into: Renfair + mystical shit. I was sold! Since I'd never been to the EMP Museum before I figured this was as good a time as any to check it out. Located right next to the Space Needle, it's that funky curvy multi-colored metal building--hard to miss. They had a "Fantasy" exhibit that coincided with the faire, as well as other exhibits dealing with sci-fi, horror, music and Legos! It's kind of a geeky...Read More

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    Very unique exterior. Great for photos. At the moment, Nivanna and Jimi Hendrix are the primary exhibits. Very cool sound labs that allow you to learn/play different instruments.

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    Loved this place so much that we blew off our other plans and spent the whole day there until they kicked us out at closing! The Kurt Cobain and Jimi exhibits were highlights, but the whole museum is great, and all of the music and videos that you can call up on demand are a fantastic component to the experience. The lunch we had in the cafe was good, too. What a great, fun day!

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I happened to glance into a Seattle Weekly during a recent trip and saw that this place was having a "Myth & Magic Faire," which to me translated into: Renfair + mystical shit. I was sold! Since I'd never been to the EMP Museum before I figured this was as good a time as any to check it out. Located right next to the Space Needle, it's that funky curvy multi-colored metal building--hard to miss. They had a "Fantasy" exhibit that coincided with the faire, as well as other exhibits dealing with sci-fi, horror, music and Legos! It's kind of a geeky paradise, actually, and after noticing a lot of the props on display were from the "Allen Family Foundation," I came to the conclusion that this place was basically Paul Allen's geeky basement. Don't know who Paul Allen is? He's only the co-founder of Microsoft and the 53rd richest man in the world, which means he can afford to buy a LOT of Legos, movie props and guitars. And build a museum in which to house them.

Deep pockets behind the museum mean top-notch displays and signage (as a graphic designer, I'm impressed by things like that), as well as some really cool props and state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, like the awesome monster shadow thing in the horror film exhibit. The Lego re-creations of skyscrapers from around the world was really cool, and that exhibit had an area for kids (or adults) to put together their own creations and take pics of them. The "faire" itself was only so-so since we could only make the daytime portion that was "family-friendly." There was an archery area, some tables hosting Magic The Gathering games, etc. I have a feeling the midnight masquerade thing later on that night would've been epic, judging from the couple wandering around in full-body suits of armor, a very convincing hobbit and a puss in boots. Alas, we had a plane to catch. Also liked the Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix exhibits--also very well put together with lots of cool instruments and clothing on display. If you're a fan of certain geeky pursuits (as I am), this is a must-see when you're in Seattle. Also, if you buy your entrance ticket online ahead of time you get a few bucks off.

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